a performance by italian singer bocelli. [ singing ] >> first lady michelle obama and vice-president joe biden joined the president at the event. during a lighter moment the president told the crowd he wished the good feelings at the gathering had a longer shelf life. >> but i do worry sometimes that as soon as we leave the prayer breakfast everything we have been talking about the whole time at the prayer breakfast seems to be forgotten. on the same day of the prayer breakfast. >> president obama then went to virginia to speak to house democrats at their annual retreat. >>> after that retreat those house democrats are expected to unveil their proposal for curbing gun violence, similar to the one proposed by the president. it includes a ban on assault weapons, and high-capacity magazines with more than 10 rounds of ammo, background checks for all gun sales and measures to prohibit gun trafficking. >>> secretary of defense leon panetta this morning went before the senate armedded services committee to testify about the deadly terror attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. panetta defended the u.